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Football Cooperates, Audience Doesn't for McCain Speech

September 4, 2008 8:04 PM

Sen. John McCain's acceptance speech was carried by all the TV networks tonight after NBC's coverage of a football game ended just before Mr. McCain took the stage.

Inside the Xcel Energy Center, Sen. McCain was twice interrupted by protesters, with one holding a sign saying "McCain votes against vets."

While the TV audience probably couldn't see the protest, delegates inside the hall responded with shouts of "USA, USA," forcing Mr. McCain to interrupt his speech.

Republicans tonight have one benefit Democrats never saw—balloons.

Democrats had to abandon balloons after moving their final night to the outdoor Invesco Stadium in Denver from the convention center. The Republicans have balloons.

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